Raheem Sterling is hopeful that Jack Grealish’s arrival at Manchester City will help him increase his goal tally.
The 26-year-old is looking forward to teaming up with England team-mate Grealish at club level following the transfer of the British record £ 100million from the former Aston Villa captain to the Etihad Stadium.
Sterling only scored 14 times in all competitions for Pep Guardiola’s side last season – 17 short of the 2019/20 campaign – but, playing alongside Grealish, he’s looking for more this time around.
“They’ve brought in a great player and someone who wants to prove themselves at the highest level,” Sterling said. “I don’t think there is a better club for him to try to do that.
“He’s a player who always wants the ball, he has good pockets of space and he’s creative.
“It adds another creative player to this team that I’m really excited about, so hopefully he can add a few more goals to my tally.
“When you add good players to your team it’s always a good thing. I think he’s a player who can really have a great career here.”
Sterling’s form fell apart last season, but he was one of England’s most notable performers in his run to the Euro 2020 final this summer.
After taking a break since, he now feels refreshed and ready for the new Premier League campaign.
Sterling said: “It’s great to be back. The first few days are a little rusty, but it’s great to be back. I had a great summer vacation for about a week, and now I can’t wait to resume training.
“It’s exciting and it’s a season I’m really looking forward to. I have all of my energy and attention to focus on the start of the season and I’m really looking forward to it to be honest. “
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Sterling said: “We enjoyed [being champions], but it’s over, it’s done. The last season is over, so we’re not going to grab the trophy this year looking back on last season.
“We know what we have to do, we have to get out of the league quickly and play our football, that’s the most important thing.”